Stuart Forster, organist
Thursday, July 4th | Eucharist
Stuart Forster has been Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church, the Episcopal Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 1999, and was recently appointed by the Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts to the Commission on Music and Liturgy. He previously served at Christ Church, New Haven, CT, and St. James’ Anglican Church, Sydney. Forster’s performances as soloist, accompanist, and conductor have been broadcast around the world, and he has recorded numerous CDs, including solo performances on the JAV and Pro Organo labels. His book, Hymn Playing: A Modern Colloquium, draws on interviews with leading church musicians to document expert techniques of hymn leadership and accompaniment with the organ; it is published by MorningStar Music Publishers. Forster has written orchestral transcriptions for the organ, liturgical music for congregations (including service music and more than 120 hymn arrangements), organ music, and choral anthems. His landmark organ transcription of Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, “From the New World,” was published by Éditions Chantraine. Forster’s anthems are published by Paraclete Press; volumes of descants with accompaniments are newly published by Selah Publishing; larger hymn arrangements, some with optional brass, are published by MorningStar Music Publishers and St. James Music Press. Eighteen of these arrangements are available on the new Affetto (Naxos) recording Love so amazing.
Dr. Forster holds qualifications from Trinity College of Music (London), the University of Sydney, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Yale University, and the Graduate Theological Foundation, where his doctorate focused on the congregation’s experience of flow and music within liturgy. A dedicated organist and choir trainer, Forster’s passion for leading congregational singing has guided his vocation in the Church and as a teacher. His formative teachers have included Thomas Murray, David Rumsey, Peter Jewkes, and Donald Holder. Details of his compositions, performances, recordings, and book may be found at www.StuartAForster.com.